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Apr 24 2007   10:50AM GMT

Oracle Fusion: Ten ways E-Business Suite customers can prepare

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

Nadia Bendjedou, director of product strategy at Oracle, gave a presentation at last week’s Collaborate ’07 conference that listed 10 things you can do to get ready for Fusion applications as an E-Business Suite customer.

“We have announced lifetime support. That’s not just marketing,” Bendjedou said. “No one is going to push you to move to Fusion until you’re ready.” However, she said, many customers are asking what they can do now to prepare for the Fusion platform when it arrives.

Here are Nadia’s 10 tips:

  1. Rethink your customization strategy: Take inventory and engineer for the future.
  2. Consider master data management (MDM): Cleanse and consolidate your critical data early. Oracle’s Customer Data Hub technology is going to MDM.
  3. Move to SOA-based integration: Bendjedou called this step the “core” of the presentation. The next generation of Oracle applications, she said, will be based on these standards for greater agility.
  4. Extend your business intelligence portfolio: Oracle Daily Business Intelligence (DBI) is Oracle’s embedded BI product for E-Business Suite.
  5. Adapt enterprise reporting and publishing: Bendjedou called XML Publisher a “no-brainer” choice for “high-fidelity” reports.
  6. Secure your global enterprise: Your security strategy should include centralizing access control, ensuring data privacy and enabling compliance.
  7. Consider grid computing: Grid computing offers resource pooling and sharing, low-cost modular hardware, incremental scaling, self-monitoring and –managing, security and high availability.
  8. Centralize lifecycle management: Consider the Applications Management Pack for E-Business Suite. Use Enterprise Manager Grid Control.
  9. Upgrade to R12: The latest E-Business Suite release offers a superior ownership experience, the greatest business insight and adaptive business processes, according to Bendjedou.
  10. Prepare a Fusion project plan: “Get familiar as soon as you can with the Fusion technology,” Bendjedou said. She encouraged the audience not only to evaluate strategic business and IT drivers early, but to try out some “get-your-feet-wet projects.”

Click here to find out how you can prepare for Fusion if you’re a PeopleSoft customer.

-Elisa

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